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Finding the little exclamation marks in iTunes

I found the coolest thing the other day when I was searching how to fix the exclamation marks on my iTunes for a few hundred songs.

In order to methodically go through each one of them you need to:

1) Create a Regular Playlist (named “no exclam”) in iTunes and then go to the top most Music folder.
2) Then click your cursor within music list and key in ctrl-a.
3) Take and drag the highlighted items to newly created playlist (Songs that have an exclamation will not show up in this list).
4) Then what you will need to do is create a Smart Playlist (named “All Exclamation”) and set the following options:
a) | Playlist | is not | no exclam |
b) Hit ok
5) Then you should have all exclamation ridden songs in this Smart Playlist.

Then I had to go through each one and set the path for the files, or find out what was wrong with the file.

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8 thoughts on “Finding the little exclamation marks in iTunes”

  1. After playing around a bit with the Smart Playlist, it finally included only the exclamation songs. Make sure the boxes for “number of items to download”, “live update”, and “match only checked items” are unchecked. Worked like a charm. Thanks for the information! Now I have to go through the songs. Not looking forward to that process.

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  2. This worked for me with 77,000 or so tracks. iTunes didn’t crash but it did take several minutes to select all the tracks (on what was a hi-spec desktop only 12 months ago). I also ticked and unticked all songs in order to provoke it into identifying missing tracks and, again, each step took several minutes.

    Huw

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  3. Disregard my previous post and creating a smart folder _ (WASTE OF TIME). If you want to get rid of the exclamation points. set up a playlist – name it my music (or whatever) in iTunes 12.3.1.23 the El Captain version. once you have created the playlist… Go to My Music then select all, then copy to the playlist you just created, then go to the playlist, select all then select love. go back to My Music and sort by love. this separated the exclamation from the love for me. i then selected all the exclamation and deleted them. done! Flipping iTunes

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  4. I WANT TO DELETE THE EXCLAMATION POINT – ITUNES DOES NOT HAVE THIS FEATURE. Meaning when I select all the only option is to copy.

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    1. That’s a total bummer .. Would have been better if it worked. I could test it but I only have like 4000-5000 songs in my iTunes, sorry.

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  5. I have either 19900 tracks or 19894 tracks according to iTunes. When I try to load my iPod it says that it can’t find six tracks, and lists them, but only with the random string of capitol letters and numbers.mp3 and not the track name. I’ve tried this method here and my “no exclam” playlist will say it has 19894 tracks and the Smart Playlist: “All Exclamation” will have zero tracks, yet my topmost music folder still says 19900 tracks. How do I find the tracks that are missing?

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